Active Membership

Active Membership is for those surgeons certified in the United States and Canada in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. An applicant for Active Membership must be certified in cardiothoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery or the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada or its equivalency.


Initial dues payment may be prorated based on the date that completed application materials are submitted; payment will be processed upon submission. Active applicants are approved for membership three times a year by the STS Board of Directors at each in-person meeting (January, Spring, Fall).

2019 Deadlines
Application Deadline Approval Date
March 25, 2019 May 5, 2019
September 16, 2019 October 27, 2019
December 5, 2019 January 26, 2020

Dues and Fees

Annual membership dues are based on where the member lives:

  • Active Members living in the United States – $750
  • Active Members living in Canada – $650
  • Active Members living outside the United States and Canada* – $300 

*Active Members living in low or lower middle income countries, per the World Bank – $100

There is a one-time initiation fee of $250. This initiation fee is waived for STS Candidate Members who become Active Members within 2 years of certification.